Mumm-Ra are an English indie rock band originally from Bexhill on Sea. The group was first composed of vocalist, keyboard player, and occasional guitarist James New, guitarists James Arguile and Oli Frost, bassist Niall Buckler, and drummer Gareth Jennings, before being joined by Tommy Bowen in 2006 as touring keyboard and synthesizer player; in 2012, Bowen became a fully fledged member.
Niall Buckler formed the band in 2000, taking their name from Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living, the main villain of the 1980s cartoon ThunderCats. They first rose to public attention when they performed with the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour alongside The Automatic, The View, and The Horrors, and were featured in the January 2007 edition of NME as one of ten bands who were "guaranteed to soundtrack" 2007. The band released their debut album These Things Move in Threes in 2007, which spawned the singles "Out of the Question" "What Would Steve Do?" and "She's Got You High" before entering hiatus in April 2008.
In 2012, the band made their live return, before announcing a full comeback in 2013 with new material. New tracks "Technicolour", "Your Father's Son", and "Jeremy" were released across the year, with an 8 track EP titled Back to the Shore released on 17 February 2014.
After being "hotly tipped" by music magazine NME, the band were announced as the act to open for The Automatic on the 2007 NME Awards Tour along with The View and The Horrors.
The band released their debut album, These Things Move In Threes on 28 May 2007 proceeded by singles "Out of the Question" and "What Would Steve Do?" and followed by "She's Got You High", which would go to gain significant popularity through being featured in the soundtrack of Days of Summer. "Starlight" had been slated to be the fourth single but it was ultimately never released. The band was in the process of writing material for their second album, and had trialled some new tracks live on their tour of Japan and then on what transpired to be their final UK tour, but no further details of their second album was ever released. Gareth Jennings came back to Bexhill on 15 July 2007, to appear on radio station Bexhill FM. A whole hour was dedicated to Mumm-Ra, where the breakfast show presenter Richard Harris played a whole hour of their music, as well as their inspirations and their second album.
On 17 April 2008, the band released a statement announcing that they had decided to split; "after 7 years, 11 months and 21 days of writing and playing music together us Mumm-ra boys have decided our journey as a band has come to an end". The reason for the split was not cited.
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